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Our day began slowly with hand writing the bicycling directions we needed for the day since the hotel computer did not have a printer. We had run the directions on the GPS device but feared that following them would take us through the heart of Washington, DC, which is quite congested. After writing 3 pages of turn left, turn right, etc., we got started on our ride. We got immediately frustrated after we climbed 2 substantial hills and ended up only a few blocks away from where we started; it appeared the Google directions were trying too hard to keep us off 200’ of Route 1. We ended up opting for a stop at the local Wawa in Fredericksburg to regroup.
While discussing possible routes, a fellow named Odee Dillon inquired about our dog. Coco instantly liked him and let him rub her back. We talked about adventures and learned that Odee is hoping to do a mule drawn gypsy wagon ride across historic Route 66. Hmm … we’d never considered doing that but it was immediately appealing to both Frankenbutt and me. We talked for quite some time and found Odee to be quite intriguing with stories of his time out west. We, too, enjoyed the spirit of the west and are hoping to return there again some day.
We tossed the empty coffee cups and bid Odee farewell and headed off in the direction that our instructions gave. Within minutes, we realized that we must have made a wrong turn on one of the unlabeled roads. We pulled over again and took out the computer for a better look at the map online. We dragged the cursor around to try and avoid Washington, DC but found that it added so many more miles to our trip. Considering how long it takes to climb the hills in this area, we felt it best not to add miles as we head towards Pottstown PA. We ran the directions one more time on the GPS and it pointed us in the direction of Route 1.
We remounted the bikes and pedaled through some beautiful but steep country side on Route 1. On two occasions, we all had to get off and push our bikes up the hill. On the occasions when we didn’t have to dismount the bikes, we had to drop our gears to their lowest 1, 1 position and pedal at 3-4 miles an hour to keep moving ahead. Today was a real work out.
Around 2 in the afternoon, it started to rain. We passed our electronic devices to Franknenbutt and pedaled on to another Wawa, where we sat out the rain under the awning on the sidewalk, returning emails and text messages. Coco enjoyed all those who stopped by to pet her and we took the time to search where we could stay the night.
We ended up in Alexandria, VA at a very nice Quality Inn with a courtyard and Greek statues. We managed to get the bikes parked in the room and searched out a place to eat dinner. Although, there’s a Roy Rogers across the street, we all agreed we might like a break from burgers and fries. We headed toward a local pizza/Italian restaurant and found out they were take out/delivery only. Across the same plaza, there was a Chinese food restaurant and we headed there instead.
Tomorrow, we’ll continue on towards Pottstown, PA for the Memorial Classic BMX National Race. So many of the track directors and families from tracks we’ve visited so far, have said that they’re going to be in Pottstown this weekend. I can’t wait! It’ll be a fantastic REUNION!
Congrats to all the Florida riders who had their state championship this weekend! Congrats to Brooke on taking 3rd after less than a year on a BMX bike! Way to go Brooke!